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Small beetle from carrion station - Typhaea stercorea

Small beetle from carrion station - Typhaea stercorea
Nashua, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
April 18, 2006
Size: about 3 mm
I found this small beetle in the pitfall trap under my decaying squirrel carcass, along with the usual assortment of rove beetles, mites, flies and silphids. (I also consistently find one or two Glischro*chilus fas*ciatus in this trap, but it is located next to the fermenting bait that attracts great numbers of them, so they could have merely taken a drunken stroll and found themselves in stinky company.) This beetle might also be a happenstance blunderer who fell down the shaft. Superficially this looks to me like a crypto*phagid. Perhaps that's what it is.

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Mycetophagidae: Typhaea stercoria
A widely distributed species through commerce.

Here's a much better image
than the one I originally posted in this space.

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